South Africans urged to collect IDs ahead of elections

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cape Town - Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has urged South Africans to collect their identity documents ahead of Wednesday's local government elections.

She said the department had about 400 000 IDs in their offices which people should come forward and collect.

Dlamini Zuma made the call when she cast her special vote at Newlands Clinic in Cape Town on Monday. Her voting today would give her the time to work with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on the general voting day, she said.

Special voting, which is taking place today, has been extended to members of the South African Police Service who will be on duty on voting day and voting station staff among others. Additionally, those who are physically infirm or disabled will be visited by IEC staff today or tomorrow at home.

The minister said that later today they were set to distribute IDs in Masiphumelele and Gugulethu townships, outside Cape Town.

Meanwhile, the IEC has advised that political party campaigning activity such as political meetings, marches and demonstrations should end on 17 May at midnight. It also said that party election broadcasts must end today.

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